Dordt College News

Dordt Football Hosts Hastings Saturday

September 5, 2012

ON THE DOCKET… Dordt will face Hastings on Saturday, September 8.  The game will kickoff at 1:00 and can be heard on KDCR 88.5 FM and there will be a video stream on the world wide web at  Results at the end of the game can be found online at ; and you can follow us on Twitter at

THE FOE…This is the season opener for the Hastings Broncos after a 6-4 season last year and a 5-4 GPAC mark.

The Broncos return Keenan Ballage at running back after he gained 808 yards on 206 carries last season.  Also returning is John Dostal, the starting quarterback from last season.  Dostal threw for 1,279 yards and completed 117 passes with ten touchdowns and ran for another touchdown and had 383 rushing yards on 87 attempts.  Dostal’s favorite target from 2011 is back as well in tight end Zane Anstine.  Anstine caught 25 passes for 276 yards and he had a touchdowns.

While Hastings returns several players on offense, their defense will look markedly different with the Broncos’ top six tacklers not listed on their opening day two-deep depth chart.  Garrett Griffeth brings back the most experience with ten games played, three interceptions, 17 solo tackles and 16 assisted stops.  The Broncos also need to replace their placekicker and punter from 2011.

THE DEFENDERS…Dordt is 0-1 this season.

The Defenders gained 4.8 yards per rushing attempt but gave up 6.4 yards per rushing attempt in the first game of the year.  Courtney Samuel gains 5.4 yards per carry and Bryce Rusler 4.3.  Trai Pickney has six carries for a 6.2 average and Daniel Fennig had three totes on Saturday for a 5.3 yards per carry.  David Griess (3) and Trai Pickney (2) are the only Defenders with more than one catch heading into the second game of the season.  Bryce Rusler was 7-22 in the air for 47 yards last week.

Defensively Dordt’s Chris McDaniel was in on eight tackles at cornerback last week while Seth Vande Voort, Sam Ashmore and Anthony Hallum all had tackles for loss.  Raymond Cleveland had an interception as did Josh Nollmeyer.  Darryl Van Grouw punted nine times last week for a 35.8 yards per punt average.

THE LAST TIME THEY PLAYED…Hastings last played in a 17-10 win over Nebraska Wesleyan on November 12, 2011.  Tyson Buresh ran a kickoff back to open the game with a 97 yard touchdown.  Wesleyan scored ten unanswered points to lead 10-7 at halftime but the Broncos responded with a touchdown and field goal in the third quarter.  Hastings outgained Nebraska Wesleyan 319-295 with Keenan Ballage gaining 100 yards on 23 carries.  Dostal was 10-21 passing for 186 yards and Anstine caught three balls for 60 yards.  Indiana Jones was in a team high 11 tackles.

Dordt College traveled to Forest City, Iowa on Saturday night and lost a 43-7 decision to the Warriors.  Waldorf scored a touchdown each in the first and second quarters for a 14-0 halftime lead.  Waldorf scored a touchdown to start the third quarter with Dordt responding on the ensuing possession with 6:25 left in the third quarter on a Bryce Rusler five yard touchdown run. The Warriors scored again on the next drive and then returned an interception for a touchdown to make it 34-7 in the third quarter and tacked on a field goal and touchdown run in the fourth for the final.

Dordt was outgained 534-284 with the Defenders getting 231 yards on the ground to 331 for Waldorf.  Courtney Samuel had 92 yards on 17 carries and Rusler had 18 carries for 78 yards.  David Griess caught three Rusler passes for 22 yards.  Chris McDaniel had six solo and two assisted stops with a pass break up while Seth Vande Voort, Sam Ashmore, Anthony Hallum and Vanoy Harris all had four solo tackles.  Ray Cleveland and Josh Nollmeyer both had interceptions.

HISTORY…Dordt and Hastings have played four times with Hastings winning all four meetings.  Last year’s September 10 meeting resulted in a 28-14 win for the Broncos.  Hastings got two touchdowns in the second quarter , one of them after Dordt turned it over deep in its own territory and the hosts cashed in on an 18 yard field for a touchdown.  Sam Du Mez caught a Justin Knot pass to cap an 81 yards drive with one minute left in the half to trail 14-7.  Hastings tacked on a touchdown midway through the third quarter.  Dordt made a game of it with an 81 yard drive capped by a David Griess 12 yard reception with 3:52 left to make it 21-14.  Hastings recovered the ensuing onside kick and scored one play later to make the final 28-14.

Hastings outgained Dordt 353-225.  Lenard Manuel ran for 41 yards for the Defenders and Justin Knot was 14-26 for 151 yards passing with two touchdowns.  David Griess caught six passes for 73 yards.  Keenan Ballage ran for 113 yards and John Dostal 69 to pace the Hastings ground attack.

AROUND THE CORNER…Hastings will host Concordia on September 15 in its next outing.  Dordt College goes on the road for its next two games, facing Midland in Fremont, Nebraska on September 15 and then go into Nebraska for a second consecutive week when they face Concordia in Seward on September 22. 


Dakota Wesleyan 0-0/1-0
Morningside 0-0/1-0
Nebraska Wesleyan  0-0/1-0
Northwestern  0-0/1-0
Dordt 0-0/0-1
Concordia 0-0/0-1
Hastings 0-0/0-0
Midland  0-0/0-0
Briar Cliff 0-1/0-1

Saturday, August 25
Benedictine def. Concordia (NC) 45-37

Thursday, August 30
Morningside College def. Valley City State University 49-7 (NC)
Northwestern College def.  Southwestern College 49- 0

Saturday, September 1
Doane College def.  Briar Cliff University 41-28
Nebraska Wesleyan University def.  University of St. Mary 25-20
Waldorf College def.  Dordt College 43-7
Dakota Wesleyan University def.  Dakota State University 41-14

Saturday, September 8
Hastings @ Dordt
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Midland
Dakota Wesleyan @ Concordia
Northwestern @ Morningside
Dakota State @ Doane (NC)
Graceland @ Briar Cliff (NC)

Saturday, September 15
Briar Cliff @ Doane
Dordt @ Midland
Doane @ Northwestern
Morningside @ Nebraska Wesleyan
Concordia @ Hastings

Saturday, September 22
Hastings @ Briar Cliff
Midland @ Morningside
Dordt @ Concordia
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Doane
Dakota State @ Northwestern (NC)

Saturday, September 29
Briar Cliff @ Dordt College
Doane @ Midland
Dakota Wesleyan @ Hastings
Northwestern @ Nebraska Wesleyan
Concordia @ Dakota State (NC)

Saturday, October 6
Concordia @ Briar Cliff
Morningside @ Doane
Dordt @ Dakota Wesleyan
Midland @ Northwestern
Hastings @ Dakota State (NC)

Saturday, October 13
Northwestern @ Concordia
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Dordt College
Dakota Wesleyan @ Morningside
Hastings @ Midland
Dakota State @ Briar Cliff (NC)

Saturday, October 20
Briar Cliff @ Northwestern
Morningside @ Hastings
Concordia @ Nebraska Wesleyan
Doane @ Dakota Wesleyan
Dakota State @ Dordt (NC)
Midland @ Mayville State (NC)

Saturday, October 27
Dordt @ Morningside
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Briar Cliff
Midland @ Concordia
Hastings @ Doane
Northwestern @ Dakota Wesleyan

Saturday, November 3
Doane @ Dordt College
Briar Cliff @ Midland
Concordia @ Morningside
Dakota Wesleyan @ Nebraska Wesleyan
Northwestern @ Hastings

Saturday, November 10
Dordt @ Northwestern
Morningside @ Briar Cliff
Midland @ Dakota Wesleyan
Concordia @ Doane
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Hastings

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